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  • led-zeppelin-iv-1125

    1st Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Copyright, Elena Kagan, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.19.14

    * Justice Kagan received a Supreme Court fact check when she confused the site of the nation’s oldest standing synagogue with the home of the nation’s first Jewish community. At least she didn’t make a mistake about the actual law that she actually wrote. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Justice Scalia may not understand how cell phones work, but even he gets net neutrality — because it’s a lot like pizza. [The Atlantic]

    * Marc Randazza describes the need for a right to be forgotten online. Getting forgotten online? Hey, we found a new job for Jill Abramson. [CNN]

    * A woman threatened to shoot up a South Carolina Burger King over a stale roll. Don’t tell her what “pink slime” is. [New York Daily News]

    * Cops arrest upwards of 40 people while trying to catch a bank robber. When you read the whole history, it’s actually surprising they weren’t limiting their search to people in stripes carrying bags with dollar signs on them. [Slate]

    * Corporate lawyer fits right into the rising phenomenon of “Bulls**t Jobs.” [Strike! Magazine]

    * Earlier today we wrote about a possible crowdfunded lawsuit. Here’s a discussion of legal issues involved in crowdfunding generally. [IT-Lex]

    * Sen. Rand Paul has a stupid idea, so he’ll probably convince a bunch of liberals to go along with it. And that would be bad news for Professor David Barron’s nomination to the First Circuit. [New Republic]

    * Led Zeppelin is getting sued over allegedly stealing the opening riff from Stairway to Heaven. It turns out there’s some band out there who’s sure that all that glitters is gold and they want some of it. A clip of the alleged original below…. [The Guardian]

    3 Comments / / May 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Who is this fellow, and how long will he starve for?

    Bad Ideas, Privacy, SCOTUS, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Supreme Court, Television

    Unemployed Lawyer Plans Hunger Strike On Steps Of Supreme Court

    Who is the man who intends to starve himself on the steps of America’s highest court?

    69 Comments / / May 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM
  • cellphones

    Cellphones, Privacy, Supreme Court, Technology

    The Supreme Court’s Real Technology Problem: It Thinks Carrying 2 Phones Means You’re A Drug Dealer

    These people are deciding the future of technological progress. Sadly.

    13 Comments / / May 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM
  • The hacker

    Law Schools, Privacy, Screw-Ups, Technology

    LSAC’s Major Security Concerns Could Put Your Personal Data At Risk

    Just how safe is all the data you put on LSAC? Not as safe as you might have hoped.

    1 Comment / / Apr 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM
  • iStock_000003253995Small-RF

    Contract Attorneys, Document Review, Privacy

    Predicting The New Area Of Growth For Document Review

    What questionable business practice will lead to tomorrow’s doc review boom?

    16 Comments / / Apr 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM
  • Christina Gagnier

    Boutique Law Firms, Privacy, Small Law Firms, Social Media, Social Networking Websites

    Episode 9: Bad (Online) Reputation

    Remembering “professional” in this profession is important. Think before you post things online.

    30 Comments / / Apr 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM
  • blue suede stiletto

    Christopher Christie, Crime, Education / Schools, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, New Jersey, Privacy, Shoes, Technology, Texas, Violence

    Morning Docket: 04.10.14

    * In consideration of Africa’s “growing economic prowess,” Biglaw firms like Dentons and Baker & McKenzie are opening up shop. Don’t make DLA’s mistake: Africa isn’t a country. [Am Law Daily]

    * Stopped like traffic: Two of Gov. Chris Christie’s former aides properly asserted their Fifth Amendment rights and won’t have to give up docs relating to the Bridgegate scandal. [Bloomberg]

    * Armed with a privacy curriculum developed at Fordham, several law schools are trying to teach middle-schoolers how to manage their online reputations. Selfies and the Law should be fun. [Associated Press]

    * Alex Hribal, the suspect in the Pennsylvania stabbing, was charged as an adult on four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. Our thoughts remain with those injured. [CNN]

    * A Texas woman was convicted of murdering her boyfriend by bludgeoning him in the head with the 5-inch stiletto heel of a pair of blue suede pumps. The true crime is that they weren’t peep-toes. [ABC News]

    1 Comment / / Apr 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM
  • Could this be the bar exam bandit?

    Bar Exams, Crime, Privacy, Screw-Ups

    ‘Treasure Trove’ Of Confidential Exam Applicant Info Stolen From State Bar

    Which state bar just exposed an untold numbers of exam applicants to identity theft due to a break-in?

    24 Comments / / Mar 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM
  • screaming-secretary

    Email Scandals, Law Schools, Privacy, Screw-Ups, Student Loans, Technology

    Oops! Law School Screw-Up Reveals Personal Data Of Entire Graduating Class

    Sorry Loyola, but we don’t think “law school transparency” means what you think it means…

    20 Comments / / Mar 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM
  • CIA Logo

    Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, Rankings, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.12.14

    * The CIA official at the heart of accusations of intimidation made by Senator Feinstein is a lawyer. This marks the first time this guy has been called intimidating. [Al Jazeera]

    * Check out these awesome graphs showing the change in the USNWR rankings of the top 50 law schools over the last six years. [LawyerWrit]

    * Justin Bieber’s lawyer says his behavior in his video deposition is our fault. Of course it is. [New Day / CNN]

    * “Dear Texas courthouse… We’ve been tapping your phones. Love, FBI” [San Antonio Express-News]

    * Google’s getting sued for pushing addictive games with in-app purchases. [IT-Lex]

    * The prosecution of Zachary Warren, who was 24 and only a few months into his job, for Dewey’s fall seems to be taking it a bit too far. [ Belly of the Beast]

    * A pair of lawyers are accused of tax credit fraud for going a bit too Hollywood. [The Times-Picayune]

    * Lee Pacchia talks with Kent Zimmermann about the warning sent to struggling firms by the Dewey charges. Embedded after the jump… [Mimesis Law]

    0 Comments / / Mar 12, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • TSA-officer-RF

    ACLU, Privacy, Sex, Technology

    Homeland Security Detained US Citizen Inside The US, Used Intercepted Emails To Quiz Her About Her Sex Life

    “We have a few questions, please answer slowly…”

    11 Comments / / Mar 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM
  • google evil

    Crime, Drugs, Kids, Pornography, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, Violence

    The Dark Side Of The Web

    How can we preserve online freedom while combating online illegality? A new report offers some ideas.

    9 Comments / / Mar 4, 2014 at 4:29 PM
  • iphone-ball-and-chain

    Books, Gay Marriage, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Privacy, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.28.14

    * We’re getting closer to being able to unlock our phones legally. Soon you can accidentally brick an iPhone without fear of reprisal. [The Guardian]

    * The Wall Street Journal thinks law student résumés are nearly identical (?) and recommends cultivating “quirky interests” like serving as a college mascot. Because national law firms just feel safer with Furries on staff. [The Legal Watchdog]

    * A judge who already faces overlapping ethics proceedings is about to add a couple more to his plate. This time the allegations include sleeping with a law student, not disclosing when she appeared before him, and “misappropriating” marijuana evidence. He doesn’t seem to get that the whole “What happens in Vegas” thing only works if you’re not living there. [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * Someone tries to fight Larry Lessig on copyright. They lose. [IT-Lex]

    * An applicant withdraws his application to a law school because they do not allow gay or lesbian wedding ceremonies on campus. While that’s a noble decision, did he really think a Catholic school was going to be having gay and lesbian weddings? [The Ivy Coach]

    * Professors Chris Sprigman and Barry Friedman employed a cool tool called ReplyAll to have a public discussion about the NSA. [Just Security]

    * Redeployment (affiliate link) is a new collection of stories by Phil Klay focusing on the transition of Iraq veterans to stateside living. One story focuses on a Marine going to law school. Apparently he wanted to trade one brand of PTSD for another. [New York Times]

    * Wow, it looks like San Diego has a real problem policing its police. [Voice of San Diego]

    * If you’re in the Boston area next week, check out Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services, a cool symposium on March 6. [Harvard Law]

    2 Comments / / Feb 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Duke Law: national champions when it comes to law school softball.

    Baseball, Celebrities, Immigration, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, SCOTUS, Sexual Harassment, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.25.14

    * Baseball is trying to ban home plate collisions, because why have any aspect of the sport be exciting? Here’s an exercise in statutory interpretation featuring the new rule. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Former judge forced to resign at age 40 under a gathering cloud of sexual harassment allegations now collects $65,000 a year in pension. And it looks like he may be claiming “sex addiction” as a disability. Bravo. [WDSU]

    * Should legal writing professors be treated like nurses? [Dorf on Law]

    * The world’s top Bitcoin exchange, Mt.Gox, just shut down, and millions of real dollars worth of fake money is missing. I’m excited to see the bevy of Libertarian Bitcoin fanatics who praise the decentralized “new Gold standard” and publicly trash its critics explain this one. [Valleywag]

    * Are bar associations moving online? [Law Sites]

    * Forget your cell phone, the feds have been spending millions to warrantlessly collect your very breath. [Jalopnik]

    * Twitter account posting every frame of Top Gun lands user in the danger zone. [IT-Lex]

    * Our own David Lat did some speculating about who the next Supreme Court justice might be. [Ozy]

    * That hope that the government would deport Justin Bieber? Here’s why that just isn’t legally going to happen. Video after the jump… [Bloomberg Law]

    2 Comments / / Feb 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Love for sale

    Accounting / Accountants, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Privacy, Prostitution, Sex, Sex Scandals, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.06.14

    * A guy who tried to get on the bench more than once was just busted in a prostitution sting. Oops. He also spells his name weird. [The Press Democrat]

    * Tomorrow, Gibson Dunn partner Miguel Estrada will argue before the Second Circuit that private parties can’t get injunctions under RICO. For those keeping score, Gibson Dunn partner Randy Mastro hangs his whole case in Chevron v. Donziger on a request for an injunction under RICO. Time to play the Distinguish Polka. [Courthouse News]

    * Wait until the RIAA realizes there are royalties to be made at CIA black sites in Uzbekistan. Because the only thing more torturous than being forced to listen to this music is the tenacity of the RIAA. [Slate]

    * More on the legislative fight over accrual accounting versus cash-basis accounting for Biglaw firms. To the barricades! Swear your allegiance to Generalissimo MacEwen! [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * Is there a right to online anonymity? All the people out there trying to hire contract killers over the Internet certainly think so. [InsidePrivacy]

    * Jay Edelson and Chandler Givens of Edelson PC examine the flawed law firm recruitment model. [Legal Solutions Blog / Thomson Reuters]

    * Slip and falls at the IRS office. [Lowering the Bar]

    2 Comments / / Feb 6, 2014 at 5:27 PM
  • computer bomb RF

    Conferences / Symposia, Crime, Drugs, Facebook, Murder, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology, Twittering, Violence, YouTube

    LegalTech 2014: The Internet Is For Porn (And Drugs, Contract Killings, And Other Illegal Activity)

    How is technology shaping the world in which we live, affecting legal and illegal activities alike? Some thoughts from Jason Thomas of Thomson Reuters.

    4 Comments / / Feb 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM
  • Scalia1

    Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.22.14

    Were you looking for a treasure trove of high school pictures of SCOTUS justices? Well, you’re in luck! [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Remember when Gov. Bob McDonnell was a rising GOP star? Well, this recap of his federal indictment makes that seem like a distant memory. [TPM Muckraker]

    * Here’s a career alternative for you: Space Tyrant. When GW Law grad Alex Gianturco bailed on his gig at Zuckerman Spaeder, he took the usual route of just playing video games all day. With the twist that he actually made money at it. As the most powerful player in EVE Online, The Mittani, as he’s now known, has managed to enrage pretty much everybody out there playing a game basically designed to reward dickish behavior. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * A pharmacist lands in hot water after trying to connect with a patient. In his defense, being a pharmacist seems like a pretty fool-proof plan to ensure that a potential date has a clean bill of health. [IT-Lex]

    * It’s a mixed bag in Ecclestone family litigation news. Tamara Ecclestone lost her dispute with an ex-boyfriend over a Lamborghini Aventador. She’d given the car to her ex-boyfriend and wanted it back, but the High Court deemed the car was a gift. On the other hand, dad Bernie convinced the New York Supreme Court to kick out a £392.5 million lawsuit over an alleged bribe, so on balance it was a decent week for the billionaire family. Now if he could just fix this stupid “double points” thing. [Daily Mail]

    * Lawdingo and Themis’s Clio platform have partnered up. Hopefully Lawdingo won’t shy away from light-hearted commercials now that they’ve hit the big time. [Go Clio]

    * Kentucky is looking to authorize service monkeys. What can possibly go wrong? [My Fox DC]

    0 Comments / / Jan 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • question-mark-girl

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Drugs, Law Firm Mergers, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Police, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Morning Docket: 01.08.14

    * A Supreme Court whose members are still afraid of using email will most likely have the final say on the NSA case, one of the biggest technology and privacy rulings in ages. Well, that’s comforting. [Talking Points Memo]

    * Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is reportedly in merger talks with Tampa firm Fowler White Boggs. Boy, a merger between two firms from lackluster cities sure sounds promising. [Daily Business Review]

    * Law professors are completely outraged by the ABA’s proposal to cut tenure from its law school accreditation requirements. Quick, somebody write a law review article no one will read about it! [National Law Journal]

    * Struggling to find a topic for your law school personal statement? You should ask someone who knows next to nothing about you and your life for advice. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Michael E. Schmidt, the lawyer killed in a police firefight, had some interesting things in his apartment, including a “green leafy substance,” a “white powdery substance,” and lots of pills. [Dallas Morning News]

    4 Comments / / Jan 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM